Family Trip Ideas for Fresh Air and Timeless Traditions

Want your kids to try new things and fall in love with the outdoors this summer? Unforgettable activities and adventures await your family in New Hampshire. Get inspired and plan your trip!

Fill ‘Em Up

Let’s begin in the National Geographic-recommended White Mountains. Before you head out and about on your family adventures, be sure to stock up on energy at a local breakfast joint—VisitNH’s Facebook fans suggest The Stairway Cafe in North Conway or Longhorn Palace Pancake House in Lincoln, but there are many great restaurants in the area to choose from. Then head to a nearby general store and grab some goodies for a picnic!


Alpine Adventures, Lincoln, NH

There’s ziplining. Aaannd then there’s whisking above the lush treetops and spectacular summer landscapes of New Hampshire. From Gunstock to Attitash, there’s a history of having the some of the longest zipline in the continental U.S. here, and Alpine Adventures has been named among America’s Best ziplines! The smiles, thrills and sense of accomplishment that accompanies this activity will keep your family coming back for years.

A-Hiking We Will Go

Madame Sherri’s Forest, Photo by: @livefreewithkris

You’ve been meaning to get an Instagram-worthy family photo for ages. Not to mention get everyone outside and unplugged. Here’s your chance. Lace up and head to New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region. It’s filled with stunning scenery—from wooded trails and open meadows to babbling brooks and gushing waterfalls. And there’s no more satisfying feeling than reaching the summit of Pack Monadnock, Pitcher Mountain or rocky Mount Monadnock together, and sharing a snack amidst spectacular views. Looking for great trails that can capture the kids’ imagination? Madame Sherri’s Forest in Chesterfield will do the whimsy trick, and is sure to become a family favorite.

Row Your Boat

Saco River, Photo by: Wiseguy Creative

Want to kick your summer “I Spy” sessions up a notch? Maybe spot some blue herons, loons and bald eagles instead? Deer and moose? Anything’s possible in New Hampshire—especially from the water. There are kayaking opportunities all across the state, from secluded and winding rivers in the Great North Woods region, to sea kayaking along our shoreline. Be sure to bring your binoculars. Just maybe not your best pair.

Splish Splash

Diana’s Baths, Bartlett, NH, Photo by: @globetrottingduo

Summers are for swimming, period. Good thing there is no shortage of enchanting New Hampshire swimming holes to cool down in. Oh, then there’s the Granite State’s seacoast, not to mention 944 lakes and 41,800 miles of rivers and streams. But who’s counting? That’s the beauty of New Hampshire. It’s all here. And it’s all within reach.

Wind Down

May Kelly’s Cottage, North Conway, NH

When in the North Conway area, and the family has had their fill of outdoor adventure, dig in at one of these restaurants, or stop by the The Muddy Moose or May Kelly’s (two more Facebook fan picks!) Then of course, go rest your head at your lodging of choice. You’ve earned it!

The above recommendations are from the VisitNH Social Media Communities that provided their favorite New Hampshire hot spots.